Many parents might feel guiltily allowed their children extra screen time on summer. Luckily, under strict monitoring, computer games can be a vibrant and rich source of learning. With this in mind, here’s some reasons why you should let your children play video games.
- Learning rules
Computer games often have complex rules to be learnt and this is the grammar of language that researchers have developed. So when the kids play computer games, they learn not only the game but also the grammar and language.
- Developing soft skills
The latest technology has allowed children to stay connected with their friends and plan strategy together. It is no longer an isolated game where children play alone. As for this, children would be able to develop problem solving, team works and communication skills. Moreover, playing games requires children to take turns which help them to develop sharing skills as well as generosity.
- Reading and telling stories
Every game needs to have interesting content to attract their audience, especially children. However, that aspect of telling stories is often overlooked while it is actually very helpful in developing storytelling skills of children. It is so fascinating to see how much children can learn, develop and tell stories about the characters, plots, settings and style.
- Early engagement with STEM
Many researches have showed that computer allow early engage with science and technology which can help children interested in studying and working in science, technology, maths (STEM) and engineering subjects. There are various great games featuring strong role models such as Bitz n Bob and Detective Dot who solves mysteries using STEM that children should try.
It is obvious that games are developed based on non-fiction characters and stories which might help in encouraging creativity and an interest in arts, music and construction.
- Online vs offline
Computer game and play in physical ground don’t have to be two separate things as children usually adopt ideas from games in their physical play in the garden, on their bikes and even on the rollercoaster. This might come in useful for their future development and actual learning in school.So ditch the guilt and instead focus on taking an interest and encouraging them to play games that will stretch their imaginations and learn new skills. Of course, some strict rules must be applied as well to prevent adverse effects.
So ditch the guilt and instead focus on taking an interest and encouraging them to play games that will stretch their imaginations and learn new skills. Of course, some strict rules must be applied as well to prevent adverse effects.